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African American Museum and Library at Oakland

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations.

AAMLO's archival collection is a unique resource on the history of African Americans in Northern California and the Bay Area. The over 160 collections in the archives contain the diaries of prominent families, pioneers, churches, social and political organizations. Freedom's Journal, the Liberator, California Voice, Sun Reporter, Muhammed Speaks, and the Black Panther newspapers are available on microfilm. Using AAMLO's oral history collection researchers can listen to interviews with local civil rights activists, educators, writers, and musicians. AAMLO is home to the Eternal Voices video library containing more than 80 years of African American East Bay history and Susheel Bibb's Meet Mary Pleasant DVD (scholarly interviews, key issues and documents). The microfilm collection includes primary research information on African American enslavement, military service, California census records 1910-1930, Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association, W.E.B. Dubois, Benjamin Banneker, Mary Church Terrell, Paul Robeson and others.

Contact Information:

African American Museum and Library at Oakland
659 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: (510) 637-0200

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Note : Recording is quite dark throughout. Additional Title : Collier Family Home Movies Description : Collier family home movie recorded on Christmas day 1952. Christmas tree [00:11], child playing [00:19], puppet playing [00:33], presents under Christmas tree [00:57], woman lighting cigarette [01:48]. Collection Guide : Collier Family Papers Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or...
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Note : Part 1 program begins at 00:00:50. Last 10 minutes of part 1 and all of part 2 are very grainy as on original tapes. Break-up and dropout throughout. Audio levels are recorded high and sometimes distorted in part 2. Description : Videotape footage of dance technique class taught by Ruth Beckford at Mills College in Oakland, California. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: 1/2 inch videotape: reel-to-reel Collection Guide : Ruth Beckford Papers Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African...
Topic: californialightandsound
Additional Title : Collier Family Home Movies Description : Home movies recorded by Frank and Muriel Collier. Track meet 100 meters [00:15], 100 meter hurdles [00:23], long distance race [00:39], Pole vault [00:41], Long distance race [00:47], Race walkers [00:57], Javelin throw [01:13], Child standing at sink [01:24], Muriel Collier smoking a cigarette seated at window [01:37], Boy riding bicycle in subdivision [01:38], Girl walking on sidewalk [02:02] Collection Guide : Collier Family Papers...
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Additional Title : Collier Family Home Movies Description : Home movie recorded by U.S. airman Frank Collier while serving in the 19th Bombardment Group. Two U.S. Air Force bombers landing [00:01], U.S. airmen talking and laughing [00:57], U.S. airmen talking on tarmac [01:05], U.S. airmen exiting truck [01:10], U.S. airmen sitting on wings of bomber for group photograph [01:25] Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Collection Guide : Collier Family Papers Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by...
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Note : Program begins at 00:01:05 . Description : Episode of the weekly KEMO-TV music show The Jay Payton Show hosted by legendary Bay Area emcee Jay Payton and includes performances by musical groups Fresh, The Black Resurgents, The Tent of Darkness, dancers The Fantastic Four, and special guest Delacey White of the Uptights. The show was a weekly entertainment show featuring national and Bay Area African American musicians and performers. Jay Payton was the heart of the Bay Area's African...
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by Payton, Jay
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Note : Program begins at 00:01:51. Description : Episode of the weekly KEMO-TV music show "Soul Is" hosted by legendary Bay Area emcee Jay Payton. The show was a weekly entertainment show featuring national and Bay Area African American musicians and performers. Jay Payton was the heart of the Bay Area's African American music scene serving as the emcee at numerous clubs in San Francisco and Oakland and introducing and promoting many jazz and R&B musicians such as Lou Rawls,...
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
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Note : Buzz in audio throughout, as on original tape. Ends abruptly. Description : Interview with journalist Nancy Hicks Maynard. In 1967, she started at the Washington Post and was the only black woman covering news. She moved to on to work at the New York Times where she was the first black woman reporter and covered many civil rights stories at universities. In 1983, she and her husband, Bob Maynard, purchased the Oakland Tribune, becoming the first Black owners of a major metropolitan...
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Note : Film-to-video transfer. B-roll footage - some shots are silent. Additional Title : Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy Description : Broadcast of the KPIX News Hour on August 18, 1964 and KPIX's live coverage of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California on June 5, 1968. Opening credits [01:41], Rod Sherry's report on The Beatles arrival at the San Francisco Airport [02:13], Glen Hanson's report on the rescue of the crew of the Sea Wolf tug boat...
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Description : Interview with investigative journalist Earl Caldwell. Earl Caldwell worked his way up from small newspaper to midsize and finally to the New York Times and New York Daily News. While covering the Black Panthers for the New York Times, he stood against the FBI and the Nixon Administration refusing to disclose confidential information about his sources in the Panthers. The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court and resulted in the enactment of individual states' shield laws protecting...
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Description : Oral history interview with social worker and artist Frances Dunham Catlett discussing her family history, moving to the Bay Area in the 1940s, and her career as a social worker and artist. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In...
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tapes. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Part 1 : Silence [00:00]; J.B. Long, Blind Boy Fuller, and the dog song [00:05]; Women and blues lyrics, slave society [01:49]; Salvation in religion, resentment in his blues lyrics [05:15]; Giving up on religion [12:19]; J.B. Long, Blind Boy Fuller, and Old Red [15:43]; Song, "Me and my dog blues," blues lyrics [18:00]; Stopped using dirty lyrics in his songs [19:25]; "Love, truth, and...
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Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Williams, Benjamin V.
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Description : KPIX news reporter Ben Williams' news report and interview with Sara Jane Moore, attempted assassin of president Gerald Ford in San Francisco, California in 1975. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 3/4 inch videotape Collection Guide : Williams (Benjamin V.) Papers Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and...
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by Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
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Description : Interview with journalist Hollie West. West worked as a reporter at the Oakland Tribune, the Associated Press' San Francisco Bureau, and the Washington Post. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: VHS Collection Guide : Guide to the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Copyright holder has given African American Museum & Library at Oakland permission to...
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Description : Interview with longtime activist, journalist and professor, Robert L. Allen, senior editor of The Black Scholar and co-editor of Brotherman, the odyssey of Black men in America, discussing growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, his work as a journalist covering the civil rights and Black power movements in the 1960s, the formation of the Bay Area Black Journalists, COINTELPRO, and his work as an editor for The Black Scholar. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Collection Guide :  Robert C....
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Note : Unrelated content for first 40 seconds. Description : Tarea Hall Pittman birthday party held on January 30, 1953. Tarea Hall Pittman sings "My man" [1:08], Mansion C. Hall recites poem [3:53], Clarice Isaacs sings "I only have eyes for you" [5:53], Ike Fletcher sings "Are you lonesome tonight" [7:55], Mrs. James speech [9:36], John Dial tells joke about women workers during World War II [10:37], Clarice Isaacs sings "My devotion" [12:50], Josephine...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
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by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : Begins abruptly. Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Description : Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Les Paul and Mary Ford [00:07]; First time in Chicago [02:36]; Father as a songwriter and musician [03:00]; Father leaves for work [04:02]; Brownie goes to Kingsport, Tennessee and begins selling liquor [05:20]; Recuperation after polio operation [05:50]; Father shoots wife [06:01]; Father released from prison and return home [07:50]; Learns to play father's guitar in...
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Note : Interviewee's microphone is occasionally muffled. Description : Activist and "mother of the Black Panthers" Ruth Villa discusses her childhood in Louisiana and her long association with members of the Black Panther Party in Oakland. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the...
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Description : Oral history interview with noted businesswoman and club owner Esther Mabry discussing her childhood in Palestine, Texas, moving to Oakland, California during World War II, her restaurant and night club Esther's Orbit Room, and changes in West Oakland. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use...
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Description : Syndicated cartoonist Morrie Turner discusses his childhood in Oakland and Berkeley, California and inspiration for his cartoon Wee Pals. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be...
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Living with the Almanac Singers in New York City [00:05]; Josh White [01:10]; Pete Seeger learning to play banjo [02:10]; Meeting Lead Belly in New York City and Washington D.C. [03:32]; Concert with Paul Robeson and recording at the Library of Congress [04:00]; Partnership with Sonny Terry [04:20]; Conversion with Lead Belly about being called a "nigger"...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description : Introduction [00:00]; Spelling of last name [00:24]; Start of printing business [00:39]; Arrival in Oakland in 1904 [01:00]; Learning the printing trade in the Oakland public schools [01:20]; Bridges Printing [01:50]; Original location of printing business on 13th St. and Willow St. [02:07]; No other employees initially [02:55]; Extending credit to customers [03:21]; Competition from other printers [03:52]; Advertising [04:30]; No business permits needed [05:32]; Opened business...
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Note : Also from the original audio cassettes - Oral history interview with Byron Rumford Description : Oral history interview with Patricia Griffith Hamilton and Joseph Griffith III about the black community in Richmond, California. Part I: Birth and early years in Richmond, CA [00:18], Father's work as a roofer in the 1930s [02:40], Early years in North Richmond in the 1930s [04:48], Movie theaters in Richmond, CA [05:45], Joseph Griffith III's early years in Richmond [06:10], Bull chasing...
Topics: californialightandsound, Richmond (Calif.), Oral history
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Audio is low overall as on original tape. Description : Interview with Austin Long Scott. In 1961, Austin Scott became the first African American full-time reporter hired by The Associated Press. He was based in Sacramento covering the California Legislature for three years, then in 1964 the Associated Press moved him to New York City. He covered the Harlem riots that year, and then reported on similar urban uprisings in city after...
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Note : Unrelated content for first 40 seconds. Recording ends abruptly. Description : Christmas dinner at the house of William and Tarea Hall Pittman emceed by Clarice Isaacs. Guests in order of appearance: Negro in the News [0:00], Marcus Hall sings "Chloe" [1:23], C. Hall Mansion poem "What love is," [4:47], Tyrone Pickney sings "I can't begin to tell you" [6:14], Gloria Romaine speech [9:45], Ike Fletcher sings "Are you lonely tonight" [11:40],...
Topics: californialightandsound, Personal/independent works
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
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Description : At the time of the fire, George, Bonnie, and Angel Abrams lived on Romany Road, George was a banker, Bonnie was an X-ray technician, and Angel was in grade school. When the fire started, Bonnie and Angel were driving home from church and George was at work. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of...
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Description : Interview with newspaper columnist and broadcast journalist Valena Williams. She worked as a news analyst for WTAM (NBC), a station manager for KQED, and was a lecturer in journalism at the University of California Berkeley. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Collection Guide : Guide to the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Robert C. Maynard...
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Note : Content begins abruptly. The interviewer isn't wearing a mic, so it is sometimes difficult to hear his questions. Description : Judge Gordon Baranco discusses his family background and growing up in the San Antonio neighborhood in Oakland, California. Source : 1 Tape of 1: MiniDV Collection Guide : African American Museum & Library at Oakland Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or...
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Note : Digital breakup throughout, recorded in original tape. Description : Oral history interview with Dorothy Reid Pete discussing her family's history in the Bay Area and the racial integration of the Oakland YWCA. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright...
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Note : Film-to-video transfer. B-roll footage - some shots are silent. Description : KPIX news reporter Ben Williams' report on the student riots in Berkeley in 1969. Footage includes B-roll of students gathering. Color bars [00:00], News reporters interviewing University of California chancellor Roger Heyns regarding social unrest [02:37], B-roll of protesters [05:20], Press conference with California State Assemblyman John Stull on the firing of University of California San Diego professor...
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Description : Interview with television news anchor Dennis Richmond. Richmond covered San Francisco Bay Area news for KTVU for over 30 years as a nightly news anchor. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Collection Guide : Guide to the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Copyright holder has given African...
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Description : Politician and activist Maudelle Shirek. Shirek discusses her childhood and family's history in Arkansas, and her political career and activism in Berkeley. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some...
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Note : Part 2 is silent from 00:03:35 to 00:05:57. Description : Part 1: Talking about recording [00:19]; Birth and family in Tuscaloosa, Alabama [00:42]; Move to Oakland in 1920s [01:49]; Courtship of wife in Pensacola, Florida [02:31]; Schooling in Atlanta, Georgia [05:50]; Lost voice and hearing during World War I [06:30]; Reason for moving to Bay Area [07:07]; Return from World War I and stops drinking coffee [07:55]; Marriage returning after the war and teaching in Florida [08:50];...
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Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : Oral history interview with educator Audrey Gibson Robinson discussing her family's history in California, her memories of growing up in Oakland, her experience as a teacher and docent. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In...
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Brownie performing song "Good morning blues" [00:09]; Discussing unnamed pianist [06:03]; Discussing his Martin guitar [07:40]; Record labels he recorded on in 1940s-1950s [08:20]; Stories about recording in studio [09:48]; Poor quality of recordings [13:46]; Working for the Mafia [14:05]; "Baseball boogie" royalties [16:49]; Race music labels...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : Oral history interview with educator Josephine Bynum Dukes discussing her early life growing up in Mississippi, her father's work as a minister in the Methodist church, and her career as a teacher. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright...
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Moving as a child, jukebox [00:15]; Dancehall in house, bootlegging, Police chief Jim Broyles raid [02:11]; Bootlegging case dismissed by judge [06:00]; Judge convinces him to leave town [07:50]; Moves to North Carolina, New York [08:35]; Police confiscate his car because of bootlegging [10:38]; Travels to West Virginia to play music in the coal fields [15:15];...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by Crouchett, Lawrence P.
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Note : Also from the original audio cassettes - Oral history interview with Patricia Griffith Hamilton and Joseph Griffith III about Richmond's black community Description : Oral history interview with Byron Rumford interviewed by Lawrence P. Crouchett. Part 1: FEPC [00:40], Introduction of National Guard bill [01:00], Introduction of FEPC bill [01:47], Writing the FEPC bill [02:16], Problems introducing FEPC [02:36], Support of labor and NAACP for FEPC [04:36], Gov. Pat Brown [05:08], C.L....
Topics: californialightandsound, Rumford, Byron, Crouchett, Lawrence P.
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Dark until 00:18:00 then contrast changes, as on original tape. Description : Oral history interview with Samuel Lewis Golden discussing his family history, his attempts to integrate the Oakland fire department during the 1950s, and his experience as Oakland's first Black fire chief. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond...
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Description : Oral history interview with nurse and historian Alice Royal recounting her family's long history in California, growing up in Allensworth, California, and her experiences as a black nurse. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In...
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Description : Oral history interview with Rev. Herbert Guice, minister of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, and he discusses his experiences as a Baptist minister and long-time champion for housing, education, and civil rights for African Americans in the Bay Area. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use...
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by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Josh White, New York City in the 1940s [00:05]; Meeting with Duke Ellington at the Apollo Theater, learning to perform live [03:45]; Performing at clubs in Brooklyn, conflict with club owner [06:36]; Joining musician's union Local 802 [08:32]; J.B. Long and Blind Boy Fuller No. 2 [13:27]; Turning down offer to perform with the Ray-O-Vacs at the Apollo Theater...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : Oral history interview with former baseball player Harold Weathy Turley discussing his family history in Paso Robles, California and his experiences as a baseball player on integrated baseball teams in California in the 1930s. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written...
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Note : Recording ends abruptly. Description : 1954 Christmas dinner at the home of William and Tarea Hall Pittman emceed by Tarea Hall Pittman. Tarea Hall Pittman emcee [00:01], William Pittman speech [00:41], Mansion C. Hall recites poem "Do you have any tobacco" [3:17], Eugenia Hall speech [2:15], Sam Davis speech [3:00], Clarice Isaacs sings "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" [5:11], George Towns speech [7:05], Beverly Logwood speech [7:25], Ike Fletcher sings...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
Description : Testing [00:00]; Amy Jacques Garvey [00:13]; Appeal of the U.N.I.A. [02:04]; Meeting and parade of U.N.I.A at Madison Square Garden in 1921 [02:53]; Black Cross Nurses [03:03]; Amy Jacques Garvey and two children [04:00]; Admiration for Marcus Garvey [05:17] Collection Guide : Ruth Beckford Papers Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : Interview with dancer and performer Ruth Beckford Source : 1 Tape of 1: MiniDV Collection Guide : African American Museum & Library at Oakland Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted...
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by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : Background noise, hiss, and low levels as on original tapes. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : TAPE 1: Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Sonny Terry in Finian's Rainbow [00:09]; Goes into business with Horace Holmes, H & M Studios, Atomic Records [02:00]; Joins Alert Records, BM Studios [05:20]; Recording on Savoy Records [12:40]; Home of the Blues studio, teaching the blues [13:40]; Alert Records and blues scene in Harlem and Brooklyn [22:30]; Discovers Erskine Hawkins in...
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Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Side A description: Silence [00:00]; Piano playing [00:06]; Singing negro national anthem, "Lift every voice and sing" [08:44]; Father's claim that Columbus did not discovery America [10:55]; Father's cursing [11:42]; Father's claim that most Black folk songs are not Black [12:06]; Discusses song, "Careless love," old brothel ballad [12:57]; Discusses song, "Easter parade"...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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by African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
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Note : Interview begins abruptly. There is a loud buzzing sound at the very end of the tape. Description : Jose Arredondo discusses his experiences growing up in Oakland, California, changes he's seen in the city since his childhood, and the city's Latino community. Source : 2 Tapes of 2: MiniDV Collection Guide : African American Museum & Library at Oakland Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or...
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Interviewee audio levels vary. Description : Interview with reporter and professor Robert Terrell. Terrell was a reporter for the New York Post during the turbulent black power movement and later became a professor at California State University East Bay. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Collection Guide : Guide to the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the...
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tapes. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : TAPE 1: Side A description: Silence [00:00]; The Gateway Singers, father's advice on segregation [00:08]; Playing with white musicians in the South in the 1930s [01:25]; Brownie's Alley [03:27]; WNYC radio show [05:39]; Lead Belly, Josh White [08:07]; Alan Lomax, music brings people together [11:42]; His father, childhood, corporal punishment and obedience of children [13:52]; Father's aphorisms,...
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Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : In part 1, audio levels lower at 00:09:20. Left channel remains low through all parts. Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : TAPE 1: Side A description: Silence [00:00]; First records, Recording with Sonny Terry for Alan Lomax at the Library of Congress [00:05];Paul Robeson asks him to perform at concert [02:22]; Paul Robeson introduces him on stage at Riverside Theater [04:24]; Millard Lampell invites him to come to New York City [08:59];...
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Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Unknown
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Description : Unidentified Vietnam War footage [?] [no sound] Collection Guide :  Henry Williams Jr. Film Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions,...
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by McGhee, Brownie
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Note : Background noise and hiss as on original tape. Begins and ends abruptly. Description : Side A description: Sister working for family [00:00]; Sister moves to live with mother in New York [00:33]; Brownie's alley [01:08]; Graduation from high school [01:32]; Participation in church activities, religious schooling [02:27]; Leaves the Baptist church [06:50]; Fulbright program and polio surgery [07:48]; Brownie and brother move in with aunt in 1929 [09:36]; Mother's death [10:41]; Living...
Topics: californialightandsound, McGhee, Brownie
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
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Note : Part 3 is a VHS dub. Content begins at 00:00:25, after color bars and tone. Tracking errors and dropout seen throughout. Description : Morrie Turner discusses becoming a cartoonist, growing up in West Oakland in the 1930s, and the inspiration and popularity of his comic strip Wee Pals. Part 3 includes a Morrie Turner cartoon. Stephen Bosustow Productions Presents "Who Do You Think Should Belong to the Club?" Based on the Wee Pal Characters Created by Morrie Turner 1977....
Topic: californiarevealed
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Description : Educator activist Oscar Carl Wright recounts his childhood growing up the child of sharecroppers in Coahoma County, Mississippi, attending Alcorn State University, and his advocacy for education equality for black students in the Oakland Unified School District. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by...
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Description : Recording of Rev. F.D. Mossbach leading Shady Grove Baptist Church (Duluth, Miss.) mid-week prayer service [00:01]; 1956 NAACP Berkeley Youth Chapter meeting [12:10]; De Fremery Recreation Center (Oakland, Calif.) program offerings: Tarea Hall Pittman opening [12:10], Willie Steel summer playground program [12:57], Edward Howard club programs [15:12], Phyllis Wooten charm classes [16:40], Ruth Beckford dance program [18:03], Nora Devereaux annual water show Aqua Rhythm Rhapsody...
Topic: californialightandsound
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
Description : Birth in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands [00:00]; Move to California in 1922 [00:55]; Life in San Francisco [01:12]; West Indians in San Francisco [01:39]; Ambition to become an artist and musician [02:18]; Marriage to Mr. Cummings and children [03:17]; Social life in San Francisco [3:37]; Cosmo debutante ball and Cricket Club [04:21]; Early West Indians in San Francisco [5:25]; Mrs. LaSalle, ancestor of Mr. Lasartemay, and the Cochran family [06:45]; Pharmacist Dr. McLean [07:56];...
Topic: californiarevealed
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Audio is low overall as on original tape. Description : Interview with veteran news anchor and reporter Belva Davis. Belva Davis was hired to replace television news anchor Nancy Reynolds, on KPIX-TV, San Francisco's CBS affiliate, making her the first female African American television reporter on the West Coast. Davis hosted and helped to create "All Together Now", one of the country's first prime-time public affairs...
Topic: californiarevealed
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Audio is low overall as on original tape. Description : Interview with reporter Ben Williams. He was the first African American reporter at the San Francisco Examiner when he was hired in 1962. When he was hired in 1966 by KPIX Channel 5, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco, he was the first black reporter to be hired as a television news reporter in the Bay Area. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Collection Guide : Guide to the Robert C....
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Fuller, Jesse
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Description : Interview with blues musician Jesse Fuller at his home in Oakland, California. Silence [00:00]; Inaudible [00:13]; Meeting fan in Piccadilly Circus [01:35]; Working with Douglas Fairbanks [02:55]; Girlfriend [04:10]; Copies of his photographs for museum, Hank movie dog [07:30]; Hank the movie dog [09:30]; Jack and Mary Pickford [10:05]; Movie set concession stand and shoeshining [10:35]; Buck Jones [10:55]; William Farnum and Dustin Farnum [11:07]; Working with Douglas Fairbanks...
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Description: Tape I. The July 26, 1976, Allensworth Advisory Committee and Department of Parks and Recreation Ad Hoc Committee special meeting includes introducing the staff relative to Allensworth State Historic Park and presents work on the temporary visitor's center in the town's historic core. Drafts for the ranger's office, agricultural shed, exhibit trailer, graphic panels, audiovisual room and artifact displays are discussed. Tape II. Continuation of the July 26, 1976, Allensworth...
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Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Description : At the time of the fire, Lamont Ewell was Fire Chief for the City of Oakland. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the Copyright Holder. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be...
Topic: californiarevealed
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
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Note : Interviewer is not mic-ed so questions are very low. Audio is slightly low and distorted overall as on original tape. Description : Interview with Mary Ellen Butler, a reporter and editor for the Oakland Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, she was a reporter for the Washington Star, the Oakland Post and the Berkeley Daily Gazette. Butler received a Congressional Fellowship from the American Political Science Association in Washington D.C. where she wrote speeches, press releases and...
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Description : Part 1: Testing [00:00]; Beginnings in sports as a baseball and basketball player [00:12]; Naming of sports column as "Here It "˜Tis" [01:50]; Writing for California Voice and opportunity to meet sport celebrities [02:15]; Meeting Jackie Robinson [03:07]; Frank Robinson playing at McClymonds High School [03:57]; African American prize fighters in Oakland [05:14]; San Pablo Park Baseball League [08:25]; Oakland baseball players [10:21]; Pitcher Arthur "˜Kelly'...
Topic: californiarevealed
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
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Note : Part 1: Interview begins at 00:01:07, after the color bars. Content ends abruptly. Part 2: Interview begins at 00:00:38, after the color bars. Content ends abruptly. Part 3: Interview begins at 00:00:43, after the color bars. Content ends abruptly. Part 4: Interview begins at 00:00:36, after the color bars. Content ends abruptly. Part 5: Interview begins at 00:00:39, after color bars. Some dropout. Content ends abruptly. Part 6: Interview begins at 00:00:30, after color bars....
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Description : Introduction [00:00]; First acquaintance with Y.M.C.A. in the 1920s [00:25]; Y.M.C.A. moved from Market St. to 8th and Filbert St. / Linden St. [01:21]; Hiring first full-time director Richard Smith [02:20]; Joining Y.M.C.A. staff in 1937 as part of federal program [03:05]; Y.M.C.A. programs and participants [06:29]; Richard Smith [09:25]; Hardship among African Americans during the Great Depression [10:30]; Y.M.C.A programs during the Great Depression [11:35]; Facing job...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Description : Introduction [00:00]; Residence in Los Angeles, California [00:33]; Father's employment as Baptist missionary minister in Los Angeles, California [01:23]; Children in family [02:35]; Jobs for African Americans in Oakland [03:03]; Meeting and courtship with Felix Beckford [04:18]; Felix Beckford working as a taxicab driver in San Francisco, California [05:00]; Salary as a taxicab driver [07:03]; Felix Beckford work as a car polisher in Oakland known as "Felix the Cat"...
Topic: californiarevealed
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Description : Loraine Cady Rickmond, founder of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter of Links, discusses her early life and family in Osewayo, Pennsylvania, her husband's experience as the first African American physician at Herrick Hospital, and her memories as a concert pianist. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by...
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Description : Interview with union and civil rights leader C.L. (Cottrell Laurence) Dellums discussing his work with A. Philip Randolph, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Executive Order 8802 and the March on Washington. Source : 4 Tapes of 4:  Betacam SP Collection Guide :  Cottrell Laurence Dellums Papers Rights : Copyrighted. Copyright unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the...
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Description : Arrival in Oakland in 1907 [00:01]; Social conditions and employment of African Americans in Oakland [00:24]; Jobs for African Americans in San Francisco [02:58]; San Francisco Strike of 1917 [03:30]; Working for Pacific Mail Company [05:20]; Joining the Dining Car Cooks' and Waiters' Union in 1936 [06:18]; Anderson's affiliations with labor and housing organizations [07:50]; Lifetime membership in the NAACP [09:20]; Disadvantages African Americans faced in Oakland [09:54];...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Description : At the time of the fire, Henry and Leileni Cotten lived on Tunnel Road, Henry worked for an insurance company, and Leileni was co-owner of a pre-school. When the fire started, Leileni was home while Henry was away from home and heard of the fire on television. Collection Guide : African Americans Affected by the East Bay Hills Fire Oral History Collection Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Transmission or reproduction of...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description : Arrives with family in Oakland in 1913 [00:00]; Attending Prescott School [00:34]; Working as a dining car dishwasher for the Southern Pacific Railroad [01:35]; Working in express business in Alameda for Sylvester Hackett [02:05]; Wages working for Southern Pacific Railroad [03:21]; Hired on San Francisco waterfront during 1919 Strike [04:12]; Experience working as wench driver on San Francisco waterfront [05:37]; Danger traveling from docks to Ferry Building during 1919 Strike...
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Beckford, Ruth
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Description : Testing [00:00]; Joining the San-O-Bar Club [00:33]; Social and dancing club [01:20]; Theme of club formals [01:38]; New Year's Breakfast Dance [02:02]; Ben Watkins and Arnold [?] Baranco performing at club dances [02:50]; Spelling and meaning of San-O-Bar [03:40]; Dances held in Oakland in Berkeley [04:44]; 300 members in club [05:22]; Club organized in 1927 by E.D. Gray [06:26]; Club's leadership: Vivian Marsh, Fox Barrett [?], Julia [-], William Rich, Luther Hudson, Richard...
Topic: californiarevealed
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Note : End of Part 2 becomes nearly inaudible from 00:28:00 to end. Description : Working for Dr. T. E. Shumate's drugstore [00:00]; Dr. T. E. Shumate hiring African Americans [02:04]; Shumate's influence on San Francisco mayor James Rolfe [03:04]; Taking case of champagne to mayor Rolfe [03:55]; Dr. T. E. Shumate and Butler come to defense of Jewish customer harassed by police officer [05:53]; Third Baptist Church in San Francisco [09:00]; Art [11:12]; Letter from California Historical Society...
Topic: californiarevealed
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
by Beckford, Ruth
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Description : Testing [00:00]; Introduction [00:09]; Born at 6th and Jefferson [00:22]; St. John's / Augustine Church [00:52]; Joining the St. John Church [01:21]; Moved around with family and returned to Oakland [02:27]; Stream trains on 7th St. [3:16]; Worked in building at 14th and Clay as an elevator operator [03:32]; Took Oakland fire department examination in 1919 [04:56]; Firemen's working hours [05:30]; Firefighting platoons [06:18]; Firemen's pay [06:32]; Engine #3 at 8th and Willow...
Topic: californiarevealed
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette